Silver Sunday - It's Raining Teapots !



It's Raining Teapots!!
Well it's hot, humid and raining cats and kittens here in Sydney and has been all week. The plant life seems to like it and I'm finding it kind of relaxing myself. Everything is a little greener than usual and the world feels fresh and clean again. Of course if it keeps up much longer I may get a little stir crazy like this little teapot below who wants to go out.. sitting by the window wishing for adventure, or maybe she just needs a nature call.



So back to the subject at hand.. Silver Teapots!
Yes I have a few.. The BIG teapot above [the one labelled 'BIG teapot' ha ha] was probably my very first teapot in a long line of teapots! It belonged to my grandmother and at some point ended up in my grubby little hands. It's the only teapot I can recall playing 'teatime' with as a child. A little on the large side for a small child, but it brought with it daydreams of magical places and faraway lands. It must be at least 90yrs old, a little fat around the girth, and polished within an inch of it's life, but I do believe it is still my favourite.

Now this next fancy number is a little more hoity toity and carries her weight in her thighs!!! Not of vintage heritage, I found her showing off in a window display of L'Occitane home & body products. She thought she was something. So did I!, so I begged the shopkeeper to sell her to me. She agreed to sell once the promotion was over and so a few weeks later, home she came. I think she thinks she's French! When in fact she is actually Indian, which just makes her more exotic to me. I meant to include some Indian tea glasses but somehow forgot and as I'm already running late with post, it ain't going to happen now. Actually she was the hardest to photograph. Every shot reflected miniature upside down Julie's just hanging there, camera in hand, mocking me!!


The remaining teapots are of various vintage breed and unknown heritage. Orphans, picked up at thrift stores and vintage shops. The one below looks as if it has an image on the front, but yet again it is just some strange reflection. This one also came with sugar bowls to match [which you can see further down the page] so not wanting to break up a family, I bought them all.





And finally the coffee pot!
I did try to explain he was not a teapot and could not rightly be included in this post. He wouldn't hear of it. In fact he pushed his way in by pushing out the Alessi kettle who skuttled off back to the stove blowing his whistle in protest. I had to promise him he could be included in a future post. He simmered down a bit once he had let off a bit of steam. Wouldn't want to upset an Alessi!!



Well that concludes the Silver Teapot post!!
Strangely I have never consciously collected teapots and these silver ones have many non-silver siblings. They just seem to follow me home.

Many thanks to Beth for hosting this now ongoing event. Pop over to her blog 'Gypsy Fish blogspot' and see other contributors to Silver Sunday.


Julie b


IMAGE SOURCE: Photography and photo editing by me - [Being Ruby]


Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Love your silver teapots...especially your grandmothers! You have such a delightful way of telling your story....always puts a smile on my face! Take care, Laura said...

What is it about vintage silver that makes my heart sing?

Ange said...

Julie I just spent 1/2 an hour scrutinising your teapots to see what sort of glimpse of you I could get. It's all a bit Harry Potter ish which is fine as every one knows that only the English drink tea ;-) Am ducking blows from French hubby who has never had coffee in his life... So how what magic did you work on your teapot so she hid your reflection???

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Your teapots are fabulous! I love teapots....and silver ones are all the better!

Blondie's Journal said...

Your silver teapots are gorgeous, Julie! I can see waiting weeks for the first one. Think of all the people admiring her in the shop window!! She must be a real show off! I love the second teapot with all of the raised...whatever it is. Very nice. And so is the coffee pot!! Let's see more of your pitchers. I have a small collection myself.

Your rain does look very refreshing. I love a warm summer rain...or is it fall there by you now?? I confuse easily.

Today is Super Bowl Sunday here, you know. Not being a football fan, I have been relegated to making dips and appetizers for a party my daughter is having. I am not sure if I am invited. Anyway, I'm off to grate 2 pounds of cheese!!


alice said...

Julie! Love that post. I am still laughing out loud!!!!! Your "pots" are wonderful. One note on the least it's warm!!! I am sitting under an eletric throw! Ugh!! Warm weather is my friend.
smiles, alice

Les Cotrions said...

Ciao Julie! The teapots which followed you are all so beautiful! Your grandmother's one is my favourite! I like family memories! Your coffee-pot is lovely too!
Happy start of the week!

Sue said...

They are gorgeous! I love teapots and have a few myself. Mine are all china of various vintage, some very old and a few very new. They make me happy. Most of the time I make myself a single cup of tea...but sometimes, on a lazy day...I'll make an entire pot, pick up a book and simply savor the moment.

Mise said...

What lovely, lovely things you have. The Indian teapot is my favourite, but they must look super all grouped together and vying for who is sparkliest. I just need you to come by and do some polishing for me when you have a moment. And some photography while you're at it. And some funny credits. It's not too much to ask, is it?

simon said...

I have a great enamel tea pot in my camping kit.. its the only time I drink tea, just black. Theres something about and enamel pot and cup IMO

Carole said...

Ok I'll admit I was trying to see you in these tea and coffee pots. Is that wrong? haha
I haven't tried photographing shine silver yet but I guess it is hard to not get your face or camera in the stuff. I love the rainy window in the background but I love rain as you know. Maybe it'll cool things off a bit.
My favorite pic is the altered overhead shot.
SO cool!!!!


Viera said...

Love your pictures.

I thought I am used to hot and humid(QLD) but last week in Sydney was shocking.
Have a nice week.

koralee said...

I think now I must go find myself a silver teapot...these are so lovely. Your images always amaze me with their beauty. Hope you are having a lovely day across the water blue. xoxo

Elaine said...

Hot and humid? I could use some of that as all we are hearing is wind chills. BRRRR!

Tea sounds good, it always warms me up.

Your collection is stunning. I have many teapots but only 2 silver ones and neither are as ornate as yours. I hope you actually use them. They are too pretty to keep stored away.
Do you ever have tea parties? You strike me as quite the hostess.

Renée Finberg said...

oh how lovely!!!!
tea pots. rain.
and silver no less....
these images are the greatest.

Unknown said...

I love teapots...especially silver...even the beat-up ones...big smiles.

the old boathouse said...

Hey Julie, They are all devine!! I had a lovely conversation with an ebayer on the weekend about how we humanize our things. In particular how somethings are definetly a he and others a she. Like teapots as you so wonderfully described ...definetly Ladies and your coffee pot yes a boy for sure...then ofcoarse you have your oldladies and your young lasses....yes I think I have had to much coffee or maybe rain...who knows!haha

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Oh My! Your teapots make mine look like "country cousins"! You have such beautiful tea pots (and coffee pot), and I love your artistic photographs! I'm so glad you came to visit my blog, so I could find yours. laurie

Cheryl ~ ZanyMayd said...

Julie ~ "Ruby"
Your Tea Pots are Beautiful, I loved the little stories & Your Photography is Wonderful, I have So EnJoyed

Christine E-E said...

i love your photos but your pages are hard to read. gray on black is difficult to read. any chance you can change the type color to a different color?
my best...

Angie Muresan said...

Well I'm downright jealous! Perhaps it's time I switched to tea rather than coffee. It is such a grander affair, isn't it?

nevin said...

My mum had a beautiful old silver Teapot. Long time ago.. When I saw the first photo, I just remember that Turkish teapot, mum's teapot..

I was nearly crying :) silly me..

The way you represent your photos are special. Personal. And Beautiful.

Julia @ Vintage with Laces said...

Hi Julie, These are gorgeous photographs of your beautiful teapots! Thank you for sharing those eye-candies!

Barbara Jean said...


amazing tea pots, and even more amazing pictures of them!!

Off to see more.


barbara jean

Simply Mel {Reverie} said...

Well Julie! Another divine post...I love tea, I love silver, and I adore teapots! Makes me want to find a beautiful this very moment! You made me chuckle a few times with your descriptions, so clever you are!
Here's to enjoying your tea!

Jeanne Henriques said...

Julie...what a stunning collection and photographed so beautifully, as always. So nice to see the rain in Sydney. When we lived there it seemed like it never would...a rainy sunny summers day in lovely. Enjoy!
Jeanne :)

desde my ventana said...

Julie I love your post always happy and enterteining and wonderful images.Your teapots gorgeus,I like specilly una of your grandmother.
Have a nice week,

Brabourne Farm said...

I can see why you have trouble with some of these gorgeous creatures - they're beautiful and they know it! Thank them very much for allowing their photos to be used in this post and thank you for telling us a little about each of them. Leigh

rjerdee said...

Julie=Ruby, you are an enchantress. I love to immersing myself in your delicious words and gorgeous, well-cropped and glorified pictures...and the design of the blog, itself, is divine.

This post is particularly endearing, silver being silver...the surfaces so sensual and reflective. Love how you said they'd been polished to within an inch of their lives...can one polish silver too much?

So glad you checked on seagulls!!

Kellie Collis said...

How gross was it!! YUCK!!!

Unknown said...

Between your whimsical descriptions and dreamy photographs you just produced one of your best presentations ever, Julie! I found myself fascinated by the reflections in the teapots, something I've never really paid much attention to before. I love the way you view your world.

Mélanie said...

Mpve your tea pots and the way you take pics

Pooch Purple Reign said...


cool teapots. i like the way the rain looks in the screens behind.

and, ahhh... l'occitane lavender
lucky you have a store there!


Nancy said...

I think it is time for you to admit you collect teapots! Can you deny it any longer?

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Dear Julie,
I have to admit that I was doing the same as Carole...trying to see you in the smooth silvery finish of those beautiful teapots !! haha.
Stunning photographs, my favourite being the BIG teapot. I love the first photograph..... is that a picture behind it? It looks as if you live in India with those houses behind the teapot.
All of the others are gorgeous too. I love all of their different textures. What with the rain, there is a real Indian look about the whole post. XXXX

red ticking said...

so lovely... they all have fascinating past lives dont you think? some of them are so cute its almost as if they could pick themselves up and walk away... so cute... xx pam

La Petite Gallery said...

I love tea pots, is the last one a coco pot?
My favorite is that unusual low fat old one..
the third from bottom..
Maybe the rain will let up soon like my snow.

EnchantedBella said...

Love your tea pots and your pictures are beautiful.


love lives in the kitchen said...

lovely teapots! tea is the best idea for a rainy afternoon...
have a great week,

julietk said...

Just found your blog I enjoyed reading it and your great photos. My mother collected Tea pots And the odd Coffee pot. But none were shiny and silver so I was not too interested being of the Magpie type.

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Ever thought of being a professional still life (product) photographer!? These shots are fantastic!

Shellbelle said...

Kudos once again to the fabulous Miss Julie! Love the teapots, mine is tucked away in a cupboard. Silver and Florida do not get along, the humidity quickly tarnishes everything and these old hands are tired of polishing.

You know you truly love something when you look around and all of sudden realize you have a collection!

Nancy said...

Loved your tea pots! You are so artistic. I do like your little "French" number with the chubby thighs.

Exquisite Accessories said...

Oh Julie great teapots!! How long did it take to get a shine on them? They are dazzling, great picks, that naughty coffee pot though sneeking in, hee well he does look gorgeous, could you blame him? hee.

count it all joy said...

Those teapots are just speaking to me, Julie. I've inherited a couple from my Grandmother, and I just adore them. The kids love to polish them up...seeing the tarnish removed and the silver restored to its proper glory. They truly find them magical.

Everything's almost back to normal in our house....thanks for your lovely comments. They turned my frown upside down. Meredy xo.

Anonymous said...

Stunning photos, but I think I would have included the kettle as well. Poor thing.

We'd owned a coffee pot named Stanley and a tea kettle named Ollie for years. Ollie finally gave up the ghost, so I brought out the copper Enligh tea kettle. It's still waiting for a name, but it's a lot like yours - same personality. :)
Have a great week, Julie!

bunny, The Paris House Designs said...

A gorgeous collection! I love teapots and having tea daily. My favorite of your is your grandmother's teapot, so special!
ps, thank you for visiting my son Oliver at Sippy cups for one and All, he loves blogging and was ecstatic to have a comment on his post from you!

Angela Furlong said...

Another teapot lover! Gorgeous pics xx

Millie said...

A fabulous post Julie, as usual your images are divine. If you made these into a little set of notecards, I'd buy them in a heartbeat - any chance?
Millie ^_^

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Oh Julie what you do to

I love the idea that Miss Teapot believes she's French & you just let her live in her fantasy. I often do that!! My favorite sure enough is the one with the black handle, but they are all so lovely. Happy..happy weekend to you and let's hope the sun shines bright xx hugs